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Sri Lanka's anti-Muslim riots claim first death

May 14, 2019 00:09 AM GMT+0530 | 5 Comment(s)

AFP - A Muslim mas was slashed to death in Sri Lanka Monday, police said after imposing a nationwide curfew to contain a violent new backlash against Easter suicide bombings.

The 45-year-old man died shortly after admission to a hospital in Puttalam district during anti-Muslim rioting which began Sunday in the area, a police official told AFP.

"Mobs had attacked him with sharp weapons at his carpentry workshop," the official said. "This is the first death from the riots."

His death was reported after authorities ordered the entire country placed under a night curfew and police were ordered to use maximum force to deal with troublemakers.

Police will take stern action against rioters and constables have been issued with orders to use maximum force, Police Chief Chandana Wickramaratne warned in a televised address after rampaging mobs set fire to Muslim-owned shops and vehicles.

Homes and mosques were also vandalised by large groups of people armed with sticks and blunt weapons, police said.

The unrest was concentrated in three districts north of the capital, but a night curfew was imposed across the country to prevent the spread of violence, police said.

The latest rioting came three weeks after a string of suicide bomb attacks against three Christian churches and three luxury hotels, leaving 258 people dead and nearly 500 wounded.


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  1. Andrew May 16, 09:48 AM

    absolute disgrace and shame it is expected the police would stand by and watch as they have done on previous occasions. However very disappointed the Army also stood by and let the mobs run riot. I though General Mahesh Dissanayake was made of sterner stuff had a backbone to have acted much tougher. Useless giving warnings after the damage is done. Sad

  2. mo May 14, 06:44 AM

    Its a disgrace, our army and police who once defeated the ruthless LTTE cannot control this mobs and looters, this is just a political influenced drama...

  3. Lankan May 14, 01:59 AM

    Locals said that the police act slowly to allow the mobs to take the law in their hand. Mobs are free to do anything in Sri Lanka as they are supported by police and politics.

  4. Sam May 14, 01:09 AM

    Time for cool heads. These acts are causing huge damage to our country and its standing internationally to say nothing of the harm to race relations locally.

  5. dickie bird May 14, 10:17 AM

    This is disgraceful and unacceptable.A national Shame.Apologise to the innocent victims due to senseless acts.Actions of the Tri Forces Police not tough enough

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